Some structures, foundations, and scholarship grants are named after U.S. presidents to continue their legacies or serve as a permanent remembrance of the leaders. Upon searching for the largest presidential memorials in the U.S., here is what we found out:
Table of Contents
- Analysis in terms of area
- US Presidents with the largest memorials
- Locations of the largest US Presidential Memorials
- Earliest built presidential memorials
- Most visited presidential memorials
- Governing body
Analysis In Terms of Area
Three out of 25 U.S. presidential memorials are over 1000 acres. Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage sits on the third spot with 1120 acres; Mount Rushmore National Memorial ranks second largest with 1278 acres, and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park hits the top spot with 1571 acres.
On the fourth to seventh spot are 800-500 acre presidential memorials: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, Eisenhower National Historic Site, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Ranked eighth to 13th are U.S. presidential memorials over 100 acres to 350 acres. It includes Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park with 344.50 acres and the CIA headquarters George Bush Center for Intelligence on the 9th spot with 258 acres. The most popular memorial dedicated to President Washington is also in this group – the 106-acre Washington Monument. It is also the world’s tallest obelisk, as reported by Wikipedia.
The last group includes presidential memorials below 100 acres, landing on the 14th to the 25th spot. That’s 12 out of 25 memorials below 100 acres, but that is still huge. Some of them include Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington D.C. (88.50 acres), Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Texas (14 acres), and Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in Missouri (10.49 acres). In addition, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C. gets the last spot of the top 25 with 7.50 acres.
US Presidents with the Largest Memorials
Five out of 25 of the most prominent presidential memorials on our list are dedicated to Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. Two are named after the First President of the U.S. – George Washington; four are after President Theodore Roosevelt, and two for President Abraham Lincoln. Moreover, Roosevelt, Lincoln, and Washington are also carved in Mount Rushmore and President Thomas Jefferson.
Locations of the Largest US Presidential Memorials
Four out of 25 of the largest U.S. presidential memorials are in Washington D.C, the federal capital city of the United States. These are the Washington Monument in National Mall, Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River, Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
On the other hand, three of the largest memorials are in Texas – all of which are dedicated to President Lyndon B. Johnson, including the most prominent memorial on our list, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Similarly, three are also in New York – the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and Martin Van Buren National Historic Site.
Our list’s other largest presidential memorials are found in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.
Earliest Built Presidential Memorials
Three out of 25 of the largest memorials were built as early as the 1700s. These include George Washington’s Mount Vernon (1758), Adams National Historical Park (1788), and Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (1797). Seven were built in the 1800s, while most were established from the 1900s to the late 90s. The last built presidential memorial on our list is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in 1997.
Most Visited Presidential Memorials
According to Wikipedia, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, built in 1997, received over 3.2 million visitors last 2018, making it the most visited largest presidential memorial on our list. It is followed by Mount Rushmore National Memorial, with more than two million visitors in 2020.
The National Park Service (NPS) manages national monuments and all national parks in the United States. Among our top 25 largest presidential memorials, nine are officially under NPS. Others are maintained by private agencies or are affiliated with NPS, which provides technical or financial assistance to them.
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